April 01, 2016



Posted March 16, 2016

AVMA member
AVMA honor roll member
Richard A. Boyd

Dr. Boyd (Kansas State ’51), 97, Springfield, Missouri, died Jan. 15, 2016. He began his career practicing large animal medicine for eight years in Missouri at Sarcoxie and Joplin. Dr. Boyd then worked for the Department of Agriculture for more than two decades. During that time, he was actively involved with the hog cholera eradication program and served two years as a state epidemiologist. Dr. Boyd was an Army veteran of World War II, stationed in the Aleutians and Philippines. He was a member of the American Legion, Masonic Lodge, and Shriners. Dr. Boyd is survived by his wife, Molly; two daughters; nine grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.

Eric G. Chalgren Jr.

Dr. Chalgren (Iowa State ’56), 84, Macon, Missouri, died Jan. 22, 2016. Following graduation, he practiced in Preston, Iowa, for 15 years. Dr. Chalgren then established a practice in Nederland, Colorado, later working in Stockton, Illinois. In 1980, he moved to Macon, where he owned a hotel and other businesses before retiring in 2003. Dr. Chalgren was a member of the Eastern Iowa VMA and Elks Lodge. His wife, Carol; five children; 19 grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren survive him.

Mark J. Engle

Dr. Engle (Iowa State ’80), 59, Lee’s Summit, Missouri, died Dec. 15, 2015. He was a senior technical services manager for the Swine Business Unit at Merck Animal Health. Dr. Engle began his career in mixed animal practice at AMVC Veterinary Services in Audubon, Iowa. He subsequently served as chief operating officer for Newsham Hybrids Inc. in Colorado Springs, Colorado. In 2002, Dr. Engle was named director of swine health programs at the National Pork Board. He also served as the NPB’s representative to the National Animal Health Monitoring System and the National Animal Health Reporting System. Dr. Engle worked for the Pig Improvement Company prior to joining Merck in 2014.

He served on the board of directors of the American Association of Swine Veterinarians and AASV Foundation, also serving as a reviewer for the AASV’s Journal of Swine Health and Production. In 2015, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack appointed Dr. Engle to the Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Animal Health. He was active with the National Pork Producers Council, National Institute of Animal Agriculture, and United States Animal Health Association. Dr. Engle is survived by his wife, Bobbie, and a son and daughter. His nephew, Dr. Dane P. Goede (Minnesota ’13), is a veterinarian in St. Paul, Minnesota. Memorials, with the memo line of the check notated to Dr. Mark Engle, may be made to the Veterinary Medicine Scholarship Fund, (indicate in honor of Dr. Mark Engle toward the Veterinary Medicine Scholarship Fund in the Honorary and Memorial Gifts portion) Iowa State University Foundation, 2505 University Blvd., Ames, IA 50010.

Carl F. Erickson 

Dr. Erickson (Kansas State ’40), 97, Sullivan, Illinois, died Jan. 14, 2016. A small animal veterinarian, he practiced at Eldorado Animal Hospital in Decatur, Illinois, for 10 years prior to retirement in the mid-1980s. Dr. Erickson began his career practicing in Wisconsin for two years at Centuria and St. Cloud. He then served three years as a captain in the Army during World War II. Dr. Erickson subsequently established Sullivan Veterinary Clinic, where he practiced until 1970. From 1970-1974, he served as veterinarian-in-charge of several slaughter and processing plants for the Illinois Bureau of Meat and Poultry Inspection.

Dr. Erickson was a life member of the Illinois State VMA. Active in civic life, he was a past president of the Sullivan Kiwanis Club and Sullivan Community School District Board and a member of the Masonic Lodge and American Legion. Dr. Erickson’s three daughters and a son, six grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren survive him. Memorials may be made to First Christian Church, 1357 CR 1200 E., Sullivan, IL 61951. 

Neil V. Follett

Dr. Follett (Washington State ’51), 89, Walla Walla, Washington, died Dec. 25, 2015. He began his career in large animal practice in Bozeman, Montana. Dr. Follett later established Follett Veterinary Clinic, which became Animal Clinic of Walla Walla. He was a past president of the Washington State VMA, served a term on the Washington State Department of Health’s Veterinary Board of Governors, and was a member of the Southeast Washington VMA. In 1990, Dr. Follett was named Veterinarian of the Year. His wife, Betty; three daughters and a son; eight grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren survive him.

Wayland F. Hogan

Dr. Hogan (Georgia ’55), 84, Ocala, Florida, died Nov. 26, 2015. A small animal veterinarian, he owned South Ocala Animal Clinic prior to retirement in 2008. Dr. Hogan helped establish Project PUP, a nonprofit organization using pets for therapy, in Florida’s Marion County. His wife, Jean; two daughters and a son; and two grandchildren survive him. Memorials may be made to Project PUP (for Marion County), P.O. Box 3488, Seminole, FL 33775; Interfaith Emergency Services, P.O. Box 992, Ocala, FL 34478; or Hospice of Marion County, P.O. Box 4860, Ocala, FL 34478.

Steven T. Knight

Dr. Knight (Michigan State ’67), 73, LaGrange, Indiana, died Nov. 20, 2015. A small animal veterinarian, he owned Northside Veterinary Clinic in LaGrange for 30 years. Earlier, Dr. Knight was a partner at LaGrange Veterinary Clinic for 19 years. His wife, Judy; two sons and two daughters; and seven grandchildren survive him. Memorials may be made to the Tom Knight Memorial Golf Scholarship, c/o Farmers State Bank, 220 S. Detroit, LaGrange, IN 46761.

Charles H. Larson

Dr. Larson (Michigan State ’50), 94, Bellevue, Washington, died Dec. 1, 2015. He was director of the animal research facility and professor of surgery at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine in Columbia from 1984 until retirement in 1985. Following graduation, he practiced large animal medicine in Shabbona, Illinois, for several years. From 1973-1981, Dr. Larson directed the animal research facility at the Loyola University Medical Center Stritch School of Medicine and Loyola School of Dentistry in Maywood, Illinois. In subsequent years, he was chief veterinary medical officer and a veterinary physiologist at the Edward Hines Jr. Veterans Administration Hospital in Hines, Illinois.

A diplomate of the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine, he was a past president of the Chicago chapter of the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science and served on the executive board of the Illinois State VMA. Dr. Larson was a member of the American Society of Laboratory Animal Practitioners, Chicago VMA, South Carolina Association of Veterinarians, and Society of Phi Zeta. He served in the Army Air Corps from 1941-1945. Dr. Larson is survived by three children and a grandchild.

David B. Lippert

Dr. Lippert (Ohio State ’63), 79, Lynchburg, Ohio, died Oct. 2, 2015. He owned Lynchburg Veterinary Clinic, a mixed animal practice, from 1966 until retirement in 2008. Prior to that, Dr. Lippert practiced two years in Meadville, Pennsylvania, and worked at The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine’s ambulatory clinic. He was a past secretary of the Ohio VMA and served as its District 6 representative. Dr. Lippert’s wife, Nancy; a son and a daughter; and two grandchildren survive him. Memorials may be made to Alzheimer’s Association, Cincinnati Chapter, 644 Linn St., Suite 1026, Cincinnati, OH 45203; Hospice of Hope, 215 Hughes Blvd., Mount Orab, OH 45154; or Lynchburg United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 403, Lynchburg, OH 45142.

Albert J. Luedke

Dr. Luedke (Minnesota ’54), 91, Arvada, Colorado, died Jan. 9, 2016. He was a research veterinarian with the Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service from 1959 until retirement in 1989. Dr. Luedke’s research focused on bluetongue virus in ruminants. Earlier, he taught anatomy and conducted research at Pennsylvania State University and the University of Wisconsin. Dr. Luedke was an Army veteran of World War II. He is survived by his wife, Joan; five children; nine grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. Dr. Luedke’s son, Dr. Dennis Luedke (Colorado State ’83), is an equine veterinarian in Glenwood Springs, Colorado. His grandson Dr. Bret Luedke (Colorado State ’11) and granddaughter-in-law Dr. Chelsea Luedke (Colorado State ’11) are equine veterinarians in Parker, Colorado. His granddaughter Dr. Lauren Luedke (Colorado State ’15) is an equine veterinarian in Oakdale, California.

David R. Mann

Dr. Mann (Colorado State ’67), 74, McAllister, Montana, died Feb. 2, 2016. Following graduation, he joined the Air Force, stationed in Tokyo, Washington state, Michigan, Texas, and Hawaii. While in Tokyo, Dr. Mann cared for the sentry dogs and traveled to Vietnam to oversee their care. After retiring from the Air Force in 1979, he established a small animal practice in McMinnville, Oregon. In 1996, Dr. Mann sold his practice and moved to his ranch outside McAllister, where he farmed. He and his wife, Elisabeth, were active with the Child’s Passport to Health, a foundation that sponsors children from developing nations who need homes and care while undergoing medical treatment in the U.S. Dr. Mann is survived by his wife, two sons, and a grandchild. Memorials may be made to Child’s Passport to Health, P.O. Box 446, Bothell, WA 98041.

Lewis A. Miller

Dr. Miller (Colorado State ’59), 84, Council Bluffs, Iowa, died Sept. 17, 2015. He practiced mixed animal medicine in southwest Iowa for almost 50 years. Dr. Miller was a veteran of the Army. He is survived by two daughters and a son, two grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.

Robert C. Nelson

Dr. Nelson (Cornell ’53), 86, Shrewsbury, New Jersey, died Jan. 15, 2016. A small animal veterinarian, he owned Monmouth Animal Hospital in Little Silver, New Jersey, prior to retirement. Dr. Nelson was active with the Monmouth County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and was a member of the Red Bank Lions Club. He was a veteran of the Army Veterinary Corps. Dr. Nelson’s wife, Patricia; a son and a daughter; and three grandchildren survive him. Memorials may be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation, P.O. Box 5014, Hagerstown, MD 21741.

Joseph C. Paige

Dr. Paige (Tuskegee ’74), 76, Rockville, Maryland, died Oct. 9, 2015. He worked as a public health veterinarian for the Food and Drug Administration in Rockville, Maryland, for 40 years. During that time, Dr. Paige served in the Office of Surveillance and Epidemiology for 18 years, including six years as a veterinary medical officer; was a special assistant in the Division of Compliance; and served as chief of supervisory veterinary medicine. He co-authored chapters in several issues of Veterinary Clinics of North America. Dr. Paige was a veteran of the Navy. His wife, Julieanne, and two sons survive him.

Reno P. Petry Jr.

Dr. Petry (Texas A&M ’57), 82, Jennings, Louisiana, died Dec. 27, 2015. He practiced mixed animal medicine in Jennings for more than 48 years. Dr. Petry was a member of the American Quarter Horse Association and Louisiana Quarter Horse Breeders Association. His wife, Ramona; two daughters and two sons; 20 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren survive him. Memorials may be made to Our Lady lmmaculate School, 600 Roberts Ave., Jennings, LA 70546.

Donald L. Robinson

Dr. Robinson (Cornell ’71), 69, Brooklyn, New York, died Oct. 12, 2015. He was a small animal practitioner in Brooklyn.

Sarah L. Schillereff

Dr. Schillereff (Colorado State ’05), 40, Denver, died Dec. 31, 2015. She was a regional vice president for VCA Inc., overseeing hospitals in Colorado, Oklahoma, and Hawaii. Dr. Schillereff began her career as an associate veterinarian at VCA Fort Collins Animal Hospital in Fort Collins, Colorado. She subsequently served as the recruiting and professional relations director for VCA Antech’s Northwest region. In 2013, Dr. Schillereff was named a regional operations director, serving in that capacity until 2014, when she became a regional vice president. During her career, she also volunteered with ViDAS, helping to provide free spay-neuter services in Mexico. Dr. Schillereff is survived by her fiance, Joe Kanyok. Memorials may be made to the James L. Voss Veterinary Teaching Hospital, Colorado State University, 300 W. Drake Road, Fort Collins, CO 80523.

Gerald D. Schrater

Dr. Schrater (Kansas State ’66), 78, Hutchinson, Kansas, died Dec. 27, 2015. A mixed animal veterinarian, he established Apple Lane Animal Hospital in Hutchinson in 1993 and helped establish Hutchinson Animal Shelter, serving as supervising veterinarian. Earlier, he worked in St. Louis. Dr. Schrater was instrumental in founding the Reins of Hope Therapeutic Horseback Riding Program and served on its board. He served on the boards of the Western Veterinary Conference and Hutchinson/Reno County Chamber of Commerce. A member of the Kansas VMA, Dr. Schrater was a past recipient of its Lifetime Achievement Award.

He is survived by his wife, Judy; a daughter and a son; and five grandchildren. Memorials toward Faith United Methodist Church, Reins of Hope, or the Dr. Gerald Schrater Memorial Fund (to benefit Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine), may be made c/o Elliott Mortuary, 1219 N. Main, Hutchinson, KS 67501.

James O. Thomas

Dr. Thomas (Pennsylvania ’64), 78, Laporte, Pennsylvania, died Jan. 25, 2016. He practiced small animal medicine for 47 years at Eagle Veterinary Clinic in Havertown, Pennsylvania. Dr. Thomas also volunteered with local cat rescue organizations. A member of the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors, he devoted much of his free time to repairing and restoring antique American clocks. Dr. Thomas’ wife, Alice; two sons; and two grandchildren survive him. Memorials may be made to the Laporte Volunteer Fire Company, P.O. Box 31, Laporte, PA 18626, or CatNIP Animal Rescue, P.O. Box 284, Springfield, PA 19064.

Paul R. Weber

Dr. Weber (Colorado State ’66), 74, Riverton, Wyoming, died Dec. 15, 2015. He owned a mixed animal practice in Riverton from 1972 until retirement in 2013. Earlier, Dr. Weber worked in Castle Rock, Colorado, and served in the Air Force. His wife, LaNae; two daughters and a son; and 12 grandchildren survive him.

Robert M. Young

Dr. Young (Iowa State ’43), 96, Osage, Iowa, died Feb. 3, 2016. Dr. Young began his career in the Army Veterinary Corps during World War II. He then worked in Parkersburg, Iowa, before moving in 1949 to Osage, where he practiced mixed animal medicine for 37 years. He was a member of the Rotary Club. Dr. Young is survived by his wife, Burnette; a son and four daughters; 15 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.